The United Nations Environment Assembly have announced the need for urgent action to tackle climate emergencies. While this statement has been heard before, the conclusions of the Assembly’s fifth biennial meeting, UNEA-5, point to the need for integrated LCR approaches. Sveinung Rotevatn, UNEA-5 President and Norwegian Minister for Climate and Environment, stated that the Environment Assembly “shall work together to identify actions which can help us address climate change, protect biodiversity, and reduce pollution, at the same time.” This statement aligns with ACT’s work on low carbon resilience and its co-benefits, and reinforces the urgency of integrating LCR into institutions and plans.

The Assembly was attended by 1500 delegates from 153 countries, and over 60 ministers of environment. Decisions made at Assembly meetings inform the work of the UN Environment Program (UNEP). This meeting focused on building a post-pandemic world that addressed what Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta referred to as “the three planetary crises that threaten our collective future: the climate crisis, the biodiversity and nature crisis, and the pollution and waste crisis.” The Assembly concluded in agreement to a new Medium-Term Strategy, Programme of Work and budget for UNEP, which included strategies to bridge silos by moving environmental action beyond ministries of environment.